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Colstrip Roundtable with state leaders

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COLSTRIP, Mont. -

Energy is the fuel that kept Colstrip afloat for as long as the community can remember.

Today many people there had an opportunity to participate in a roundtable discussion with Senator Daines about the future of coal.
 

Residents in the coal community in Colstrip say today's roundtable was a step in the right direction for the coal plant here and coal in Montana overall.
 
Coal industry workers like Jason Small, say they wanted to take advantage of a state senator and congressman being in the rosebud county town.

"It's not everyday you get a senator and a congressman in a room, on the federal side of things, and also some of the others," Jason Small, President, Boiler Maker's Local 11 says.


He says this needs to lead to a continual open conversation between residents in the coal community here Colstrip say today's roundtable was a step in the right direction for the coal plant here and coal in Montana overall."
 
Coal industry workers like Jason Small, say they wanted to take advantage of a state senator and congressman being in the rosebud county town.

"It's not everyday you get a senator and a congressman in a room, on the federal side of things, and also some of the others," Small says.


He says this needs to lead to a continual open conversation between the people of coalstrip and our state leaders.

"Hopefully this opens up some doors and there's a lot more communication and expediency in the process that needs to occur for this to be able to maintain business here," Small says.


One of the issues of concern community members voiced is the housing market in town.
 
"There is a lot to fight for here in Colstrip, our standard of living is amazing and there is a large population of 2,300 people that wanna' stay here," Lori Shaw, Co-Founder, Dive Colstrip Unit.

Shaw says Montana has more coal reserves than any other state in the country and there's great potential in Colstrip, which the meeting recognized.
 
"Today we discussed the potential that Colstrip, the power plant and the mine that are located here all have, " Lori Shaw, Co-Founder for Dive Colstrip Unit says.  There is insane potential in Colstrip.  The people are here are highly educated and they are trained.  They are willing to work and they're also willing to fight."


Jason Small says it's critical for blue collar worker in Colstrip that the plant stays open and thrives, otherwise the town will dwindle down.